Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Bitter
Hook Norton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Bottled; pasteurised.
Previously Best Bitter, name changed in to Hooky Bitter in April 2005. "Bitter" subsequently dropped from the name. ABV reduced from 3.6% to 3.5% in 2012.
A subtly balanced, golden bitter, hoppy to the nose, malty on the palate - the classic session beer, eminently drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoritzF (9041) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2010
(bottle) Hazy, orange-golden colour with a mid-sized off-white foamy head. Mildly sweet malty aroma with yeasty notes and a tinge of caramel, accompanied by herbal and subtle fruity hops. Moderately sweet and slightly bitter flavour, light bodied with a soft carbonation. Cara-malty and bready taste with herbal spice; moderately dry bitter-sweet finish with spicy hops and caramel. Quite flavourful. 17.XII.10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2010
500mL Bottle poured at RIFT English Pale Ale tasting. Big rich strong graham cracker aroma, with lots of malt. Pours a darker gold, with white head. Flavors are solid...the palate comes across lighter, but still holds some solid malt and slight oaky-like bitterness. Balanced. Solid. And probably my favorite of the evening,.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Clear orange gold body; medium dense khaki head. Very drinkable. Dry, grainy, hoppy in only a British way. Medium body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (9646) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle. Sweet honey barley malt and hay hops aroma. Slightly hazy amber color with minimal head. Sweet malt and moderately bitter grass flavor. Okay but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2010
Bottled. A copper coloured beer with a whitish head and lacing. Decent leafy hops and tinny malts. Easy drinking and sessionable. In fact I drank this beer in a second. An old fashioned recipe but done well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (2150) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2011 Like all English Ales I have tried I would really like to try the cask version as I am sure it is different. I know bitters are supposed to be fairly easy drinking and this is clearly a session ale it just was a bit watery. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (4056) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 Golden brown colour with big frothy head. Gassy. Malty iron flavour. Dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
topherh (1917) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Pours golden with an off white head. Aroma is bready malt and a hint of grassy hops. Flavor is caramel malt, a little hops, with a lively bit of carnbonation on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2010
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body with a one inch foamy off-white head that left heavy sheets of lacing. Nice bready and biscuity malt with just a touch of hops. Some huskiness as well. Really flavorful for such a light beer, dry bready and toasted malt. Finishes with a hoppy snap and some lingering maltiness. Light bodied and crisp for a Bitter with fizzy carbonation and a very clean finish for an ale. A very nice beer. I’d say that it’s a bit overpriced (here in the US), but at least it tastes good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1850) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2009
Golden orange with a lasting, one finger white head. Light and sweet bready, biscuit malt aromas. Some good initial sweetness, bit of caramel and toastiness leading to a lingering dry grassy bitterness and a slightly floral note. Light to medium body, quite a lively mouthfeel.

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